a&bé stylebook volume 8: all about GRL PWR

The Future is Female.

Our a&babes epitomize what it means to be the modern, individual bride. They make our jobs so incredibly fun and rewarding day in and day out. This stylebook is an ode to them.

We drew our inspiration for this shoot from cool toned concrete, acrylic accents, and celestial shimmer. We wanted to depict a strong, independent group of women who support and love each other and illustrate what it means when you join the community of #aandbabes. Our girl gang sported glitter war paint, badass leather jackets, raw accessories, and sleek swept up ‘dos. Our girls are fierce, but they’re not afraid to have fun! We also wanted to be sure to represent a range of body types in our models, because a&babes come in all shapes and sizes.

The landscape of urban Minneapolis shaped and influenced the outcome of this shoot as well. We were so excited when The Machine Shop Minneapolis agreed to let us shoot on their rooftop with an amazing view of modern Downtown Minneapolis, as well as the historic Pillsbury A-Mill creating the perfect backdrop for our gowns. We enlisted the most talented vendors in Minneapolis to help us execute our vision. We knew Athena Pelton was the perfect photographer to capture the day as she always strives to generate self love, body positivity, and individuality in every image she creates. Her story telling shooting style brought out the best in our girl gang of models, not to mention the behind the scenes team!

Kindred Blooms, Printerette Press, and Alibi The Salon provided the perfect detailed elements that elevated our vision. Floral nests, brushstroke acrylic signs, and hand painted glitter eyeliner stand out as some of our favorite details of this shoot.

Of course our hearts belong to the amazing dresses and designers we featured in this shoot. Bride favorites Rue De Seine, Hayley Paige, Sarah Seven, Truvelle, and Made With Love were shoe ins for this modern, industrial shoot. Throw in a silver hand painted skirt from Rebecca Schoneveld, a shimmery all sequined number from Anna Campbell, and insane embroirdery details from Israeli designers Rish Bridal and Limor Rosen, and you have the perfect blend of bridal inspirations.